In September 2014, HopeCore’s Public Health Department launched a the pilot program to serve a population that staff members recognized had much need for HopeCore’s health education and services: mothers and under-five-year-old children.
Our first two pilot Mother-Child Wellness Clinics were a great success! 225 mothers received health education about topics such as: child nutrition, family planning and spacing, breast feeding, and immunizations. Additionally, 116 under-five children were treated by our nurse and other HopeCore volunteer physicians and nurses.
Mothers showed much appreciation and gratitude for the health education and clinical services they and their children received. We hope to continue expanding this program to provide these services to the entire Maara Sub-County.
In April 2015, during the school term break, we held 11 mother-child health clinics. We are using what we learned during our pilot clinics and restructuring clinic flow, creating new Powerpoint lectures and teaching aids, and brainstorming new and exciting ways to keep mothers actively involved in the educational components of the clinics, such as a quiz game very similar to the American game show “Jeopardy.” Below is an infographic that represents the basic concepts and intentions of our newly re-designed mother-child health clinics.
May brought great news for our MCH program! We submitted our mother-child health clinic concept to an OpenIDEO Under-5 challenge in November 2014, and out of 441 ideas, our concept was announced as a winner in May! You can view our submission by clicking this link: https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/ideas/maternal-and-under-5-health-and-education-clinics. We are excited to have garnered enough attention to our mission of educating and treating mothers with under-5 children to receive support and funding from OpenIDEO, and we’re looking forward to having two of our Public Health team members attend a human-centered design thinking “bootcamp” hosted by OpenIDEO in July and have more resources to move forward with our mother-child wellness program.
We currently host our clinics simultaneously with school-based mobile clinics at our partner schools, and we are continuously re-organizing and updating our approach, lesson plans, and logistics to make the experience the best one for mothers.